is "to" used?.. (amendment of previous question)

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is "to" used?.. (amendment of previous question)

Post by SARDORBEK » Mon Jun 11, 2012 7:38 am

He was used to … because he was a good story-teller and used to make up tales about animals.

a) being listened to
(b) being listened

Dear ALAN,
I meant "being listened" in the second version. And now
1) Which version is correct?
2) And could YOU please explain why?..

Thank you..

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Re: is "to" used?.. (amendment of previous question)

Post by Alan » Thu Jun 14, 2012 3:31 am


The particle in a passivized phrasal VP must always be retained. Cf. e.g.

He was used to being looked at.

I do not like being spoken to in that way.